Nigeria (Disturbances)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 1st August 1966.

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Photo of Mr John Tilney Mr John Tilney , Liverpool Wavertree 12:00 am, 1st August 1966

Mr. Tilney (By Private Notice) asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Affairs how many Britons have lost their lives during the very recent disturbances in Nigeria, and whether there has been any damage to British property.

Photo of Mr Arthur Bottomley Mr Arthur Bottomley , Middlesbrough East

I am sorry to say that one British citizen, who was caught in cross fire between opposing military groups, was killed.

Apart from this, our High Commissioner, with whom I have been in close touch, has reported no injury to British citizens or damage to British property.

Photo of Mr John Tilney Mr John Tilney , Liverpool Wavertree

While I am sure that the whole House will have sympathy with the family of the deceased, may I ask the right hon. Gentleman whether he will see that whatever future Nigerian Government may evolve they will accept liability? Can he assure the House that all steps will be taken to safeguard British lives should disorder increase?

Photo of Mr Arthur Bottomley Mr Arthur Bottomley , Middlesbrough East

Yes, Sir. Every opportunity will be taken to afford maximum protection to British lives and, in the case of the compensation that may be required because of the unfortunate death of the person concerned, representations, when possible, will be made.